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Canada scores 1st win in VNL QC leg, pips Belgium

A near-flawless performance led Canada to its first win in the VNL Quezon City leg. PNVF
By Dugout Philippines

QUEZON CITY--Canada recorded its first victory in the Philippine leg following a 25-22, 25-21, 22-25, 25-22 conquest of Belgium in the Volleyball Nations League Thursday at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Alexa Gray had 24 points, including the match-winner, and collected 10 digs, while Kiera Van Ryk had two service aces to finish with 22 points to go with 11 digs as the Canadians rose to 3-3 win-loss record in the event that has Mikasa, Ganten, Gerflor and Senoh as global sponsors and global suppliers, PLDT Home as presenting partner, Rebisco, MG Philippines, TOP Speed Insurance, Asics and Maynilad as official sponsors, Havas Ortega, The Look Company, Summit Outdoor Media, The Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Marketing Media Ventures, Strong Media Advertising Solutions. 91.5 Win Radio, Philippine Olympic Committee, Philippine Sports Commission, City of Taguig, Quezon City and F2 Logistics as official suppliers.

Bouncing back from last Monday's straight-set defeat to Thailand, Canada produced a better effort this time, especially in its attacking game.

"I was really excited on what our team did today. I thought we did our gameplan and this a big win and big three points for us moving forward in the tournament and I'm just proud of the way we really battled today," said Grey.

"I think all of us had a little bit of a better game. I felt more confident going into this game. We came out today wanted to win and we showed that today," she added.

Hilary Howe and Emily Maglio also played big for the Canadians with 14 and 12 points, respectively.  

The Belgians suffered their fifth loss in six matches.

Britt Herbots, who led Belgium in getting a lifeline in the third set, had 29 points, including four blocks, and seven digs, while captain Celine Van Gestel contributed 16 points and 11 digs.

Canada will face World No. 3 China at 3 p.m. on Friday, while Belgum plays Poland at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Big Dome.

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